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English Language Proficiency Exam for PhD Admissions

Applicants who are non-native English speakers are required to demonstrate English langauge proficiency. If an exam score is required, Human Centered Design & Engineering only accepts the following exams. Applicants must meet the required minimum scores listed below:

  • 106 on TOEFLiBT (including 26 Speaking sub-score)
  • 623 on TOEFLPBT
  • 263 on TOEFLCBT
  • 7.5 on IELTS (including 8 Speaking sub-score)
  • Test scores must have been obtained within the last two years. This exam requirement is waived if the applicant holds a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States or from an institution in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, or the United Kingdom. TOEFL scores can be no more than two years old; this is a UW Graduate Admissions rule and is not flexible.
  • It may take several weeks for TOEFL scores to show as being "received" by the University of Washington. After applying, periodically log-in to your application profile to check the status of the scores.
  • The TOEFL institutional code is 4854. If a department code is required, use 99.

For the AUT 2021 and AUT 2022 application cycles, the UW Graduate School is also temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Test to assist international students with remote testing options. A minimum score of 125 is required. For more information, please visit

For specific questions about test scores, please visit the HCDE Admissions FAQs.